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"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of those about me seemed insufficient for the day."
Before her death, Judy Lawson became a spiritual Mother of scores of hardened criminals. "On her last Mother’s Day," according to Bill Myers, "she received 40 Mother’s Day cards from men whose life she touched." Her prison ministry began eighteen months after her son was brutally murdered. She knew it was God’s will for her to forgive the murderer, and she had spoken the words, but she continued to harbor ill will toward the man who robbed her of her son. She had agreed to never say "no" to God, so when she heard Him saying, "I want you to love the man who killed your son" she had no choice but to fight the natural rage boiling up and to practice Christian love and forgiveness.
While visiting a prison to support a friend at a parole hearing, she came face-to-face with the murderer. She fought God, but soon, in faith gave in to His leading to speak to the man. "Richard," she said, "my name is Judy Lawson--you murdered my son and I want you to know that I love you and I forgive you."
The man began sobbing and the prison guards removed her from the facility. She sent the murderer letters. He sent them back. She continued to write. Her family said stop. Her pastor said stop. But her God said continue. Soon, God’s grace broke through and the vicious killer and the victim reconciled and began a ministry together proclaiming grace and forgiveness to inmates.
SOURCE: Fresh Illustrations.com.
About 6am on a Wed morning James Lawson of Running Springs, CA left home to apply for a new job. An hour later his 36 yr old wife, Pasty left for her 5th grade teaching job down the mountain with her 2 children, 5 yr old Susan and 2 yr old Jerry. Unfortunately they never got that far. 81/2 hours later Jim found his wife and daughter dead in their wreaked car upside down in a cold mountain stream. His 2 yr old son was just barely alive in the 48 degree water. When he scrambled down the cliff to answer the cries of what he believed were dying wife, he found her locked in death, holding her beloved son afloat & finally died, her body almost frozen in death in a position of self-giving love, holding her baby up to breathe. She died that another might live.
That is the essence of God’s love - He willing died on the cross that we might live
THAT ANOTHER MIGHT LIVE- COMMUNION MEDITATION
About 6:00 A.M. on a Wednesday morning James Lawson of Running Springs, California (in the San Bernardino mountains) left home to apply for a job. About an hour later his thirty-six-year-old wife, Patsy left for her fifth grade teaching job down the mountain in Riverside, accompanied by her two children, five-year-old Susan and two-year-old Gerald, to be dropped off at the babysitter’s.
Unfortunately, they never got that far. Eight and a half hours later the man found his wife and daughter dead in their wrecked car, upside down in a cold mountain stream. His two-year-old son was just barely alive in the forty-eight degree water.
But in that death the character of a mother was revealed in a most dramatic and heart-rending way. For when the father scrambled down the cliff to what he was sure were the cries of his dying wife, he found her locked in death, holding her little boy’s head just above water in the submerged car. For eight and a half hours Patsy Lawson had held her beloved toddler afloat and had finally died, her body almost frozen in death in that position of self-giving love, holding her baby up to breathe. She died that another might live. That’s the essence of a mother’s love.
And that is the essence of Jesus'love for us. He died so that we might live. "Fo...
"Several years ago Time published some revealing statistics. It reported that every year 36 to 77 of every 100,000 physicians in our country commit suicide, three times the rate of the general population … Los Angeles psychiatrist Robert Litman offers his explanation: ’They believe themselves to be omnipotent, semi-deities in a white smock’ … It’s not easy playing God. After trying it for a while and failing, the physicians have to admit they are failing. Omnipotence is beyond them, so they turn, the article says, to drugs, alcohol, psychotherapy, and eventually suicide."
Dr. LeRoy Lawson, A Strength Not My Own, 15.
Wade Hughes, Sr
THE LESSON OF "GEE" AND "HAW"
Amos 3: 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
In 1974 it was my first year teaching school in Lee County, Virginia. To better know my students, I made home visits.
I had 44 students all day long. Wow, no wonder I thought about quitting?
I had a student named Angela Lawson. Linda and I went to the Lawson home, at the foot of Sticklyville Mountain, and visited with Angie’s family. Her Dad had a pair of Morgan horses. Morgans are huge horses, often used to pull logs out of the woods. I was amazed as Mr. Lawson teamed the horses together, and hitched them to a drag. Mr. Lawson backed the team of horses to the drag, (sled), he threw two bales of hay for Linda and I to sit. He then stood in front of us
on the drag and with verbal commands, the horses pulled us all around. I was amazed at how the team of horses worked with Mr. Lawson and with each other. Mr. Lawson would say: "GEE" and the horses would move forward to the right.
"HAW" was a verbal command and the horses would ever so gently turn to the left.
Mr. Lawson spoke very low and so kind, and the horses had worked with him so long that they had an understanding.
The horses trusted Mr. Lawson, and Mr. Lawson trusted the horses. Occasionally we will run across those pictures from that day, and remember the lesson I learned that day of team work!
When Christians fail to trust God, demanding assurance when God, in fact, has already spoken, they lose out on the opportunity to be used by him to the fullest extent…We lose out on his good gifts. And worse, we may find ourselves expending all kinds of time and energy hopelessly trying to make up the difference. - K. Lawson Younger, Jr.
“Out of Bounds”
The old shepherd who offered prayer in a Welsh revival meeting put it exactly right when he expressed grief for his backsliding in these words: “Lord, I got among the thorns and briars, and was scratched and torn and bleeding; but, Lord, it is only fair to say that it was not on Thy ground; I had wandered out of Thy pasture.” (Lawson)
HIGH SOCIETY: The Princeton Society Directory
When Katie and I were in Seminary years ago, we were broke. So we did whatever we could to get by. One of the things we did was housesitting for people in town when they were on vacation. What we looked for most was folks who would let us use their washer and dryer while we stayed there. The washer and dryer in our apartment building used a lot of quarters for a small load of laundry.
So we placed ourselves on the list at the Seminary of people willing to house sit. We stayed at some very nice places and people were, very generous - Then there was Mrs. Taylor.
I’ll never forget Mrs. Taylor. She sounded just like Julia Child. It was amazing. At that time in downtown Princeton, people usually paid 20 - 40 dollars a day for a person to house sit. Mrs. Taylor offered, 2 dollars a day, I negotiated her up to 5 dollars a day - and we could use the washer and dryer.
When Mrs. Taylor called us up to housesit, all she wanted to know was the origin of our last names and who we were related to. She said she would get back to us. She called the next day saying that she had checked our family background and would like to have us come by her house to see if we would like the job. I thought that was a bit odd.
Now she didn’t have any pets, so I thought taking care of the house would be easy, boy was I wrong. Mrs. Taylor had about 200 plants, and each plant had very specific instructions on how to care for it. She wanted some plants moved from one side of the house to the other side of the house at a specific time of day, and then moved back again. She wanted about 100 of the plants moved outside at 8 in the morning, then back in at noon, and back out again at 4 in the afternoon and finally back in again at 7 in the evening. Some of these plants were very large. It would take considerable time to do what she wanted.
AND she insisted that we water all the plants with this tiny watering can that held about a pint on water. She said in her Julia Child voice, "Carefully lift the leaves of the plant, pour the water, lift and pour, lift and pour."
It was a nightmare. But, using her washer and dryer would save us a great deal of money so we agreed.
Now, while Katie and I and the plants were in Mrs. Taylor’s house we notice this large black book on the coffee table boldly labeled, "The Princeton Society Directory." So we took a look.
Inside was page after page of names listed in alphabetical order, and then several columns after each name: A cross reference to who you were related to; Your primary residence, your summer house, your beach house, any international houses; The name of your yacht, or two; The name of your yacht club, the name other clubs you belong to; The name of your our university - it went on and on.
Now, I know what you are thinking.Mrs. Taylor checked out our family background, so we must be related to someone in the book! But, alas, a reference to Loughman, or a reference to Katie’s maiden name, Lawson, was nowhere to be found. We were not people of respectable society.
Even so, Jesus Christ has been able to use us for his purposes and whatever your background, Jesus Christ will use you as well.
God uses your past, whatever it is, proud of it or not to prepare you. He takes you for who you are and reverses the direction of your life and makes you in to the person he desire you to be.
Bill Faye, author of "Sharing Jesus without Fear," notes that Americans have found a new way to deny Christ: "It’s by keeping silent about him." Fay asked, "Do we really believe it when Jesus said that unless a person is saved, he’s damned?" And if we do, he asked, "How do we allow our people to stay In the sin of silence?" What excuse will Christians give at the judgment? he questioned. "I’m in terror for us that we will be humbled to the dirt because of our pitiful witness." Furthermore, he warned, "[I]f you and your people, individually and collectively do not evangelize, you will fossilize."